Surviving a Terrorist Attack in a City

Surviving a Terrorist Attack in a City

This post is by Bernie Carr,

The U.S. State Department has just issued a worldwide travel warning, due to increased terrorist threats.  This comes as we approach the busiest travel season with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up.

For the past couple of weeks, many people have been worried about the increased terror threat since the Nov. 13th attack in Paris, and the Mali hotel attack.

Terrorists by their very nature, tend to strike where many people congregate, typically cities, so they can spread as much fear and mayhem as possible.  An attack happens when least expected.

What can you do to increase your chances of surviving a terrorist attack?

Heightened alertness

As the State Department mentioned in their warning, “citizens should be vigilant, especially in crowded places.”  This means you must always be aware of your surroundings, no matter where you are.  When you enter a room or building, scope out your exits so you know what direction to run to if needed.  Be on guard and alert for any clues that something may be wrong.  If you do get a feeling that something is wrong, follow your gut.

Have a plan

It may be hard to picture it, but imagine different scenarios that you could potentially be faced with if a terrorist attack were to happen near you.

In an active shooter situation, there are three choices:

Run, Hide or Fight

  • Run away if you can find a safe way to do so.  Try to do it so you don’t call attention to yourself.   Don’t worry about taking your purse or other belongings-just leave!
  • If you cannot run away, hide somewhere.  If you are hiding in another room, turn off the lights, silence your phone and be very still.
  • As a last resort, you may have to put up a fight with a weapon or improvise one.

A good book to read is Fight, Flight or Hide: The Guide to Surviving a Mass Shooting by John Forsythe.

Find Cover

As you hide, keep in mind that walls do not stop bullets.  You can be concealed so you are not spotted, but if bullets are flying, you need to find safe cover that would give you some kind of protection such as a brick wall, a pile of dirt, a concrete pillar.  Even a bookcase full of books is better than nothing.

Getting Home

In another scenario, you may not find yourself within the immediate area, but happen to be in the same part of town that an attack happens.  If the area is cordoned off, you could be stuck in the area for quite sometime.  During the Boston Marathon bomb attack, a relative of mine was visiting friends when it happened and he was unable to leave the area for an entire day.  You could find yourself stuck in the office or wherever you happen to be.

  • Be prepared to shelter in place.
  • Make sure you have an emergency kit with water and food that can tide you over.
  • Monitor the latest news and warnings and make decisions accordingly.
  • If you are able to leave, you may find yourself in a traffic nightmare.
  • You should also have a car emergency kit.

You don’t need to live in fear or worry.  Part of being prepared is thinking of these possibilities in advance and making a plan.  Stay safe everyone!

© Apartment Prepper 2015

Happy Thanksgiving from Apartment Prepper


This post is by Bernie Carr,

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  Except for cooking traditional foods, there are not a lot of expectations to get stressed about.  I get to step back, count my blessings, eat a great meal, and spend time with family and friends.

I am grateful for what we have, for loved ones to celebrate with, for health, comfort and bounty.  Part of me can’t help but wonder what the future holds; whether future Thanksgivings would be as plentiful as we have become accustomed to.   I’d like to think things will be the same or better year after year, but we should not take anything for granted.  For now, let’s enjoy what we do have and be mindful of our blessings.

My thanks to you, dear readers, for visiting and sharing your thoughts with me.  I am also grateful for our sponsors who help me keep the blog free for everyone.  We hope we can all celebrate many more abundant Thanksgivings to come.  

I wish you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving.

© Apartment Prepper 2015


Monday Musings 11/23/2015 Check Your Preps

Monday Musings 11222015 Check Your Preps

This post is by Bernie Carr,

Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links about all things preparedness, as well as updates on the blog.

First the blog updates…

I have not been able to post as much as I like due to work deadlines.  As you know, I have a full time job and maintain this blog after hours.  With lots of year end tasks to finish, I have not had as much time to post on a regular basis.  Please bear with me, I may not be able to respond to every comment but please know I I still read and appreciate all comments.

What’s going on with the apartment aquaponics project?

It’s been a couple of months since I posted my latest project in Aquaponics for Small Spaces.   Since I last gave you an update, the project has had a setback.   All the mint plants dried up.   On the plus side, the betta fish, Omi, and the snails, are still alive.  So I just started over and this time am using the seeds that came with the kit.  I planted basil and the lettuce mix.  I also moved the tank to another spot.  We shall see whether the seeds take root.

Checking the preps

This past week we got rid of old batteries and replenished supplies that were running low.

We also going through and using up items that are either close or past expiration, so that the supplies don’t get too old.  If you are curious about whether expired foods and medicines can still be consumed, click here and here.  These is not to be taken as advice, use your own discretion when trying this out- if the item seems deteriorated, looks or smells funky, it may be best to toss it out.  I found that instant mash potatoes (store bought) are still edible a couple of years passed expiration, but seem to require more water and butter to improve taste and texture.

Thank you for shopping through my links!

I appreciate you using my links when you shop for items!  It doesn’t cost you anything to shop Amazon, Emergency Essentials using the links below and it helps the blog stay free.  I also appreciate our sponsors, LPC Survival and Ready Made Resources – please pay them a visit when you need to replace your preps!

Harvest Sale

Now for the links…

Don’t let stores and airports track your movements!

Antibiotic resistance: World on cusp of ‘post-antibiotic era’

Make Do Engineering: Essential Skill for Survival and Everyday

How to Use the Whole Pumpkin

How to Get Natural Foods and Products Without Leaving Home

3 Skills that Cover a Multitude of Survival Sins

50 Ways to Homestead…No Matter Where You Live


Take care and have a great week everyone!

How to Blend into Your Surroundings for Safety

How to blend into your surroundings for safety

This post is by Bernie Carr,

While looking out a window one day I witnessed this lizard change color three times right before my eyes.  It started out with a grayish tinge while sitting on grey cement; then it jumped on a mossy pavement and turned green.  When it jumped on a brown brick and turned brown, I lost sight of it.  I was quite fascinated with the skill and got to thinking we can learn from this.

Many animals use camouflage as a defensive mechanism.  They keep themselves safe by changing their color to match their surroundings.  We can apply this ourselves for our own safety.

Some call blending in being “the grey man.”  It just means you remain inconspicuous to avoid drawing attention to yourself and becoming a target.

Why should you care about blending in?  This is actually opposite to the predominant attitude of getting attention and trying to stand out in a crowd.  Advertising appeals to our vanity and sense of style to try and be unforgettable.  People try to dress and act a certain way so they can be noticed and feel special.  There is nothing wrong with that.  But in certain situations, blending in and not calling attention to yourself can be lifesaving.

“Normal” times 

Many crooks choose their targets because something about that person catches their attention.  It can be a shiny piece of jewelry, an expensive watch, a designer purse or a flashy car.   In many home invasion robberies reported in our city, the victim is usually chosen ahead of time, followed home from the gas station, grocery store or ATM.  Staying under the radar by looking unobtrusive will cause them to keep looking elsewhere.

Looking like the “grey man” can also help you get through bad neighborhoods because you escape unwanted attention.  If no one notices you, no one will bother you.

Crisis and Disaster Situations

In a SHTF scenario, you definitely would want to stay as inconspicuous as possible.

If people were desperate and starving in your neighborhood, and you have food, you’d best keep as low profile as possible or you would get beaten and robbed.  You would not want to have the smell of cooking wafting from your home.  If you went out looking and smelling fresh while everyone else wears dirty clothes and hadn’t showered in days, you would stand out in the crowd and people would know you have supplies.  In that situation you would need to look like everyone else for your own safety.  Giving an impression you have supplies and food would endanger yourself and your family.

How do you blend in?

To successfully blend in, you must not have anything that allows you to stand out.

  • Wear neutral colored clothing that matches what people in the are wearing.
  • Do not have any scents or smells on yourself or your clothes.
  • Avoid jewelry and other accessories that make you stand out.
  • Your demeanor should be mild and unassuming.

The point is to move about unnoticed by anyone.  Learning how to blend in is also a result of being observant of your surroundings.  By observing your surroundings – looking, talking and acting like those in your current environment, you will look like you belong wherever you are.


© Apartment Prepper 2015

Frugal Prepping: 30 Survival Items You Can Get at the Dollar Store

Frugal Prepping

By Tess Pennington

This article first appeared in 

Preparing for disasters can be costly if you have to purchase everything at once. Many preparedness enthusiasts prefer the less stressful route in prepping a little at a time. That said, our monthly budgets sometimes do not allow for expensive, top of the line purchases. That’s when you have to get creative.

When my family rode out the aftermath of Hurricane Ike in 2008, we were off the grid for two weeks and used many emergency items purchased from the Dollar Store. At the time, we were paying off lofty debts and didn’t have the money to buy brand name items. Many of the items I purchased, I outlined in the first week of 52-Weeks to Preparedness, but there are many more Dollar Store finds that I wanted to list today.

Check out this checklist for suggested items to store for short-term emergencies

Below, are thirty prepper-related items you could easily find at your local Dollar Store or Dollar Tree. The listed items are supplies for one person, so if you have other family members to consider, multiply some of the supplies by the amount of family members. This calculator could serve as a starting point for items you may want to keep an eye out for.

      1. Paper plates and plastic utensils
      2. Zip-loc storage bags
      3. Water (1 gallon per day)
      4. Salt and pepper
      5. Spices and condiments
      6. Cereal
      7. 2 jars of peanut butter
      8. 3 cans of juice per family member
      9. 7 cans per family member of canned vegetables and fruit
      10. 7 boxed dinners (macaroni and cheese, hamburger helper, etc.)
      11. 7 cans of meat per family member (tuna, salmon, chicken, Spam, etc.)
      12. 7 cans of soup or stew for each family member
      13. 3 non-perishable items such as saltine crackers, graham crackers, oatmeal, granola bars, pasta, etc.
      14. Hand operated can opener
      15. Multi-vitamins
      16. Flash lights
      17. Batteries
      18. Weather proof tape
      19. Trash bags
      20. Soap
      21. Cleaning sponges
      22. Bleach
      23. Toothpaste/toothbrush
      24. Crisco (can use as makeshift emergency candles, fire starters, etc.)
      25. First aid items such as antibiotic ointment, band-aids, gauze, elastic bandages, tylenol
      26. Toilet paper and paper towels
      27. Feminine needs
      28. Cigarette lighters and/or matches
      29. Candles
      30. Canning jars

In addition to prepper supplies, discount stores also have storage bins and canvas totes you could purchase for additional organizing needs. As well, if you are a bargain hunter, check out weekly ads in newspapers. Sometimes there are some great deals at the Dollar Store that you could utilize. Here are some other tips to consider when shopping at discount stores:

  • Expiration dates – It’s best to find items that have expiration dates that are 1-2 years away from expiring, unless that item is used frequently in the home, and can be rotated frequently
  • Items on sale – Go for the deals.  Larger sized canned goods generally have better deals.
  • The serving amount in the food
  • Vitamin content in the food

As well, don’t forget to include these items in your supplies:

  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Multipurpose tool
  • Copies of important documents such as insurance cards, immunization records, etc.
  • Extra cash
  • Map(s) of the area
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys

The purpose of this article is to show you that you don’t have to break the bank to prepare for disasters. These frugal shopping tips, checklists and food calculators can help you pay less than $50 for a week’s worth of prepper supplies.

The Prepper's Blueprint

Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals. 

Visit her web site at for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.


Are Gated Apartments Safer?


This post is by Bernie Carr,


In the local news yesterday, the lead story was about a man who was accosted by a robber as he exited his car in his apartment parking lot around midnight.   His wife and baby were still in the car when this happened:  the robber demanded cash and when the man reached for his wallet, the criminal shot him in the chest.   The only witness did not get a good look at the shooter.  The reporter mentioned this happened in a gated apartment community.

The story stuck with me as we live in a gated apartment as well.

Gated apartments are perceived to be safer, but do they really offer protection from crime?  There are several factors to consider with this question.

Apartment location

If the complex is located in a crime ridden neighborhood, the gates and walls keep most of everyday street traffic out.  So the complex may be a bit safer than the rest of the neighborhood, but as soon as you step outside you may be a target.

Tip:  Check the crime statistics in the area when choosing an apartment.  Many police departments post these statistics online.  Some real estate sites also post general information about typical crimes that are committed within zip codes.

Gates and entrances

Security gates do keep neighborhood foot traffic at a minimum, as passersby will usually avoid taking routes through a gated community.  So this eliminates a few crimes of opportunity.

On the other hand, at many apartment communities, the gates are often left open for some reason or another.  Sometime mechanical failures cause gates to stay open all the time.

It is also easy to follow residents into the driveway.

Many residents give out the pass codes, to relatives, pizza delivery or cable installer.

Gates can also work against you, when the power goes out and there is no other way in, as this has happened to me.  Also, they may delay emergency personnel such as ambulance, police and fire.  Most emergency workers have codes that let them through gated communities, but that is something you should check with your leasing office.

Tip:  Don’t give out your codes to just anyone – if it is a delivery or install, meet them at the gate or have them meet you at the front office so you can let them in.  Make a note of whether you are being followed as you enter the gates.  Know all the entrances and exits in your community.

Your neighbors

If you live in a large complex, you will have a huge variety of neighbors, from young singles, couples, families, in varying ages.  At a previous residence, there was a shooting on the other side of the complex, in the one bedroom side, as one of the tenants was involved in drug deal that went bad.  The tenant got shot and the assailant escaped.  Our building manager assured everyone in a town hall meeting that they have evicted the guy.  Still, you never know what type of neighbors will move in, and with whom they associate.

In many cases, burglaries are committed by someone in the neighborhood, or someone associated with one of the neighbors since they see the comings and goings in the area.

Tip:  Get to know the neighbors in your immediate vicinity.  Attend resident functions and make some acquaintances.  This is also a good way to find out what’s going on around the other buildings.

So, are gated apartments safer?

Statistically, they appear to be safer.  However, it does not mean that crime does not happen in gated apartments.  A casual burglar wants an easy entrance and exit when choosing their targets.   A gate may deter the less experienced thief, but a determined one will not let that stop them.  Most fences are easy enough to climb and jump over.

Assaults among people who know each other still happen, as well as burglaries and other crimes of opportunity.

People get a false sense of security when they live in a security apartment.  They may leave doors unlocked or fail to pay attention to their surroundings.  You are most at risk when you are in your “home turf” because you let your guard down as you get closer to your home.  Pay attention to your surrounds no matter where you are or how comfortable you may feel.

© Apartment Prepper 2015


Clothes Drying Rack Ideal for Apartments Giveaway!

A while back I wrote about doing laundry off grid  and one of the challenges is finding a way to dry clothes.  If you have a yard, you can easily hang a clothes line.  I realize many homeowners associations prohibit clotheslines in the yard, but in an emergency, you may have to set one up.   Another great option is a heavy duty drying rack.  You can set it up indoors or outdoors.  It would also work well in small spaces like apartments.  I’ve actually seen a few of my neighbors have drying racks in their balconies.  I think they leave them out while drying and take them back in when the clothes are dry.  That’s very convenient.  You may even save a few dollars in electricity if you were to use a drying rack.  That’s why when I heard one of my colleagues, Shelle over at Preparedness Mama was working on a giveaway, I decided to join in, to give our readers an opportunity to win one.  Good luck!

Gullwing Heavy Duty Drying Rack Giveaway

This giveaway is sponsored by Ohuhu and has a $70 value.

  • This gullwing drying rack is composed of a sturdy stainless steel rack and high quality plastic joints.
  • The rack also has two pairs of shoe holders included.
  • Easy to setup and fold down, folds flat to 3.9 inches for space saving storage.
  • The wings can be adjusted by placing the support arms in different positions for flat drying or for hanging tall items.
  • A handy foldable design for easy storage and space savings, 50″ x 18″ x 35.5″ (fully assembled) & 39.4″ x 3.9″ x 20″ (folded)
  • When purchasing this product, it includes a 30-day Money Back Guarantee & Full 12-month Warranty

Meet the Bloggers Involved – please visit their sites!



 Homestead Lady

 Little Blog on the Homestead

 Reformation Acres

 Pasture Deficit Disorder

 Blue Jean Mama

 Food Storage and Survival

Terms and Conditions

This Gullwing Heavy Duty Drying Rack Giveaway is sponsored by Ohuhu and is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 50 US States (but excludes the territories).

This giveaway starts on Monday, November 2nd at 2:00 am (CST) and ends on Sunday, November 8th, 2015 at 11:59pm (CST).

The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders.

Good luck to everyone!

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Survival Advice that Won’t Work for a City Dweller

Survival Advice that Won't Work for a City Dweller

This post is by Bernie Carr,

There is a lot of advise about preparing for disasters that may not be helpful to city folks, especially an apartment dweller, if taken at face value.  To make them work, you’d have to rethink the advice and modify it for your needs.

1.  Bury a cache of emergency items in a secret location

This is bad idea, possibly even dangerous within an urban area.   You never know when there are hidden pipes or gas lines that you can inadvertently puncture and cause an accident.  Also, even areas that seem isolated are private property.  When we moved in to the apartment, there was a heavily wooded area right behind our unit.  The area was covered with trees and looked very private.  I’ve even seen the occasional backpacker  set up a tent for the night.  A couple of years later, the bulldozers moved in an completely cleared the area.  Now an office building is going up.  If anyone even thought of hiding anything back there, it would be dug up and missing by now.

Workaround:  Store your emergency supplies in an accessible storage facility or with a trusted family member or friend.

2.  If you need water you can easily collect water from decorative ponds and water features, and just boil it.

In many cities and suburbs, especially in desirable subdivisions, you see a lot of man-made waterways as part of the landscaping.  They may appear to be good sources of drinking water, but this is not the case.  These water features are usually built as a way to divert runoff and prevent flooding.  The result is a melting pot of metals, chemicals, pesticides, bacteria and viruses, other waste products and are likely full of pollutants that even boiling would not remove.

Workaround:  Store plenty of drinking water for emergencies – at least one gallon per person per day.  Invest in a good water filter and maintain it.  Water filters vary widely in what metals, chemicals, bacteria they remove – check the fine print in your water filter to find out.

3.  Store gasoline in your garage for emergencies.

Storing gasoline is prohibited by most leases if you live in an apartment.  Even if you own a home, it can can be dangerous if not done properly.

Workaround:  Always keep your cars’ gas tanks above a quarter full, or even half full.  This way you never have to worry about running out at an inconvenient time.  If you are able to store gas, make sure it is kept in EPA compliant containers and use a stabilizer such as Sta-bil.  Do not store your emergency supplies or near a gasoline storage container, as fumes may ruin your storage.

4.  Get your neighbors involved with your emergency preparedness plans.

Having an emergency preparedness group is admirable and can be beneficial for your plans.  However, depending on your neighborhood, this may not be advisable.  If you live in an apartment, many residents are short-term; in my building several units are corporate owned, and used for clients visiting from out of town.  And some of the building occupants are not really what you’d call neighborly. 

Your neighborhood may also border on an undesirable area, and you don’t want word getting out that you have a lot of supplies and gear stored up.

Workaround:   Be careful whom you trust and use your best judgement when sharing your preparedness plans.  If you are not able to establish a community within your neighborhood, reach out to others such as friends and family who are like-minded.

5.  If you don’t store food, you can always hunt and fish.

Hunting and fishing would be severely limited in an urban area.  Houston has the bayou and some nature preserves, but these would not have enough wildlife to to support all the residents if they were to hunt and fish.

Workaround:   You really need that food storage plan!  Make sure you have enough food stored up to cover at least a month’s worth of food for your family and go from there.

What survival advice do you think won’t work for you?  Please share!

© Apartment Prepper 2015

Monday Musings 10/25/2015: Aquaponics Update at Three Weeks


This post is by Bernie Carr,

Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links about all things preparedness, as well as updates on the blog.

First the blog updates…

What’s going on with the apartment aquaponics project?  You may recall I posted about my latest project in Aquaponics for Small Spaces.

I am happy to report the herbs are growing, the betta fish and the snails are alive!  The mints have sprouted several new shoots from the branches and even the roots.  We named the betta fish “Omi” and he seems really active and healthy.  The snails make several trips around the tank seemingly on a daily basis.  Some days they stay very still and I worry that one or two have died, but the next day I find them in various parts of the tank.

As you can see from the photo above, the water got more murky after three weeks, but it was easy enough to replace.

First, unplugged the unit.  I took the plant grow bed off.  Then, I scooped Omi the fish back into the container I bought him in, plucked the snails and dropped them in the same container with the fish an some of the water.  I took off the pump and tube and rinsed both under the faucet.  They felt l a little slimy, but the scrubbed the slime off with a sponge.  I dumped out the water and rinsed the rocks with fresh water.  The water did not smell bad at all, unlike some other aquariums I’ve cleaned.  I re-installed the pump.   I added water with a capful of D-Klor (De-chlorinizing solution) which originally came with the kit.  I released Omi back into the water and placed the snails near the corners.  They reattached themselves to the walls of the tank almost immediately.  Lastly I placed the plant grow bed back on, and plugged the unit back up.

It took me less than 30 minutes to finish up. So far so good!

Now I’m thinking about the next project to try out- I might try making hard cider, soap making etc.  Any suggestions of projects you’d like to see done in an apartment?

rp_24945415.jpgIf you like low cost DIY projects, you’ll enjoy my latest book, The Penny Pinching Prepper, available now in Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other major bookstores.   Reviews are starting to come in, like this one from Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper.

Who won the Prepper’s Natural Medicine giveaway?  Misty won the book Prepper’s Natural Medicine.  She left the following comment:

“Not sure if this is considered an herbal remedy but, I use coconut oil on EVERYTHING! For instance, my son was bit on his calf by a large dog (not real bad but it did break the skin). We were told to put Triple Antibiotic Ointment on the bite but it continued to get worse. So his Dr. wrote him a prescription for some really strong antibiotic ointment. Well, the infection didn’t get any better so I mixed the prescription strength ointment with coconut oil. Within 2 days the infection was completely GONE and the wound started to heal incredibly fast! I don’t think there will be any permanent scarring!”

Coconut oil is indeed a great natural remedy.  I use it for so many things, I will have to write post about coconut oil uses one of these days!

Once again, thanks to everyone who entered our giveaway- planning the next one soon.

Now for the links…

Preparedness Items to get in After Halloween Sales

Growing Herbs Indoors

Family survival: 5 tips for distributing gear

Making Handmade Soaps (Supplies)

Your fitness tracker can be hacked by anyone standing near you

America Waiting to Explode: “If Supply Lines Go Down… Millions of FDA-Approved Drug Addicts Go Psycho”

The Best New Books to Help You Prepare

Take care and have a great week everyone!

© Apartment Prepper 2015

Can You Use a Fuel Generator if You Live in a High Rise?

Can You Use a Fuel Generator if You Live in a High Rise

This post is by Bernie Carr,

I recently received a reader question about whether it is advisable to use a generator while living in a high rise.  If you’ve been visiting the blog a while, you may recall I tested a gas powered generator a couple of years ago.  The reader was considering options for backup power in case of an extended power outage.

At the time I wrote the generator review, I was living in a ground floor unit apartment.  It was family owned and the lease did not have a lot of restrictions.  I have moved to a different apartment since then.  If you live in a high rise, you must consider the following:

  • The first place to check is your lease.  Most leases used by management companies do not allow the use of generators.
  • You must also consider the weight.  Many generators, depending on the model, may weigh 100 lbs or more, and would be too unwieldy to carry up a flight or stairs, or even an elevator.
  • Fuel generators also emit carbon monoxide fumes, just like any internal combustion engine, particularly within a small space.  If you run a fuel generator in an upper floor, the resulting fumes can seep down to the lower floors.  These fumes can cause injury or death.  A fuel generator must only be used in a well ventilated area, and not inside your home, shed or garage due to said fumes.  In my previous post, we tested the generator outdoors in a covered patio.
  • Another risk is possible electrocution or shock.  You cannot really run it in an apartment balcony because rain or snow may puddle around it.
  • There is also a high risk of fire when storing gasoline.  Most leases prohibit storing gasoline on the premises, due to the risk of fire spreading rapidly among closely packed units.
  • Most generators make a lot of noise, which causes a disturbance among close living quarters.

Because of the above reasons, a fuel generator is not advisable for anyone who lives in a high rise.

What can you use instead?

When considering backup sources of power, wherever you may live, safety is of utmost concern.

For charging small devices such as smart phones, cameras, lights etc., get a solar charger.  I tested the Sunjack and it worked very well.  There are also solar generators such as this one available; however, I have not tried it myself.  Having a couple of solar chargers, solar powered lighting as well as a solar oven and a propane stove for backup cooking is currently where I am in my preparedness stage.

© Apartment Prepper 2015